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Draft Subject Content for A-Level RS: A Response (Wendy Dossett)

Students in an exam hall.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is the view of many teachers, examiners and text-book writers regarding the reform of the Religious Studies A-level curriculum. And they have a point. Never Continue reading


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Reflections: A Trustworthy Sentiment? (David Clough)

P1110648When it broke a couple of weeks ago, it was hard not to be affected by the story of Marius, the graceful, gentle, beautiful, healthy, young giraffe shot and publicly dismembered at Copenhagen Zoo. In our reactions, many of us experienced moral sentiment, a distaste, or even revulsion, in relation to an apparently brutal act. The ethical question that follows is what to make of this feeling.

The justification of the killing offered by the Zoo aimed to overcome sentiment by appealing to the desirability of their goal of maintaining a Continue reading


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Student perspectives (Liam Metcalf-White)

Liam Metcalf-White is a 3rd year undergraduate studying our BA Religious Studies, and was game enough to accept the invitation to talk us through a few days in the life of a Chester student. 

Monday morning had been a time to get ready for the week ahead, making sure that all my notes were in order and that I had enough food to make some packed lunches. An afternoon spent perusing through books that may be useful for my dissertation was followed by an evening of cooking dinner, a little light reading and an early night in preparation for Continue reading


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Reflections: On Co-opting Bonhoeffer (Ben Fulford)

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Prophet of secularism, champion of costly grace: appeals to 
Bonhoeffer in recent Christian media

Teaching the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the first time this term, I’ve been more alert than usual to the different ways in which he figures in the media I consume.

One of the striking things about Bonhoeffer’s currency is the contrasting ways in which he appeals to different Christian constituencies. Some (often but not only of a more liberal persuasion) are drawn to the daring explorations of ‘religionless Christianity’ in the prison letters. Others (often but not only conversatives) appeal to Continue reading